Invitation to 2018 Governance Elections Information Session – Students – November 22, 2017


One way to enhance your overall student experience at the University of Toronto is to become involved in governance as an elected member of the Governing Council or its bodies. Governors are collectively and individually stewards of the University and are asked to contribute to decisions that affect the University’s current and future achievements.


If you have previously served in a leadership role in a recognized campus group or a student society and wish to develop your skills further, this might be the next step for you in out-of-classroom experience as a student (though previous experience of this kind is not a requirement).


Elections are required in 2018 for eight (8) student seats on Governing Council (4 full-time undergraduate students; 2 part-time undergraduate students; and 2 graduate students); all for a one-year term effective July 1, 2018.


If you are interested in getting involved in governance, you are invited to an Information Session at the St. George campus on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.


Please see your e-mails for where  the session will be held and how to sign up.


Free UofT workshop on mental health in the academy – November 24, 2017



The Struggle is Real: Surviving University

Friday, November 24, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Woodworth College, Room 121, University of Toronto, 119 St. George Street


Are you struggling in university? Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed by school and want to learn how to cope? Join us for a free workshop on managing academic stress. The goals of this workshop are to increase awareness and understanding of school-related and non-school related stress and to provide psychoeducation regarding anxiety and stress. Participants will learn various coping mechanisms so they can live a more balanced lifestyle. In a safe and supportive environment, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own experiences of anxiety and how it manifests—cognitively, emotionally, and physically.


Seating is limited so please register on Eventbrite to claim your spot!


Ashley Falco, MA, will faciliate this workshop. She is a Registered Psychotherapist at The Shift Collab and she provides individual therapy to clients dealing with various mental health concerns. Ashley completed her training at the McGill Counselling Centre where she provided assessment and psychotherapy services to university students. Read more about Ashley’s work at The Shift Collab.

Sudent Life – 9 new things that you might not know: November 15 – 21, 2017



Ten Thousand Coffees

Sign up today Discover the digital tool that links you with alumni over coffee, by phone or online. Just build a profile and join the U of T hub. Then, use the filters to find alumni mentors in careers you’re curious about!


Learn the art of stage combat

November 16, 2 – 4 p.m. Activities Room, Hart House Take a workshop that teaches you the performance art of hand-to-hand combat, fight safety and more! Toronto’s Nate Bitton will share his fight and movement expertise at it relates to the stage. All levels are welcome!


HealthyU tip: Play the Invictus way

November 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Athletic Centre Celebrate inclusion, community and getting active! Try wheelchair basketball, five-a-side handball and more. Wheelchair rugby athlete Christopher Klodt, Cpl, will also be on site to talk about his Invictus Games experiences.


First Nations House & First in the Family lunch and learn

November 17, noon – 2 p.m. First Nations House, 3rd Floor  Calling all undergrad and graduate Indigenous students! Join a lunch and learn to get study tips from an Aboriginal learning strategist, discuss what spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellness means to you, and more!


Exploring Identity in Professional Spaces

November 16, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Sussex Court, Room 421 What does it mean to be “out” in the workplace? What role will your identity play throughout your career? Join a conversation about intersecting identities, experiences and how they relate to the professional spaces we navigate.


Hart House happening: This Land in Music and Song

November 19, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Great Hall, Hart House Enjoy music about the shared land we call Canada from First Nations, Metis and early settler communities that has been adapted over time. Songs will be performed in Ojibwe, Salish, Cree, French, English and more.


Food Services career fair

November 21, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bahen Centre Lobby Are you looking for casual work in the food services industry? Food Services on the St.George campus is looking for people to work casual hours in positions like cafeteria workers, cooks and drivers.


Creating a culture of consent

November 21, noon – 1:30 p.m. Grad Room  This workshop and discussion focuses on how we can all, as a community, respond supportively to survivors of sexual violence and proactively build a culture of consent on campus.


Grief support sharing circles

November 21, 5:10 – 7:30 p.m. Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Room 100 When someone you love dies, you may feel angry, isolated, sad, guilty or lonely. Join a drop-in mutual support group for students who have experienced a death, as well as those experiencing anticipatory grief.


Psst! There are so many more cool things going on, but we can’t include them all. Check ’em out!

Professional Development Seminar – Scientista (November 20, 2017)



Scientista, a club that encourages women to pursue careers in STEM will be hosting a professional development event.



Graduate students from mathematics and other graduate programs



Sharing of their experiences

Professional Development Seminar by Scientista 

Samuel Beatty Scholarship – Deadline – November 30, 2017

Samuel Beatty Scholarship

Samuel Beatty

Who is eligible?
Only students in the second, third or fourth year, enrolled in a Specialist Program offered by the Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Statistics at the University of Toronto are eligible.  Students in the corresponding departments at the University of Toronto Mississauga and University of Toronto Scarborough campuses are also eligible.


The Samuel Beatty Scholarships in an on-line application form.
The Undergraduate Coordinator of each department will be notified mid-October. Each individual department will notify their students of when the on-line application is available.

Who is eligible?
Only students in the second, third or fourth year, enrolled in a Specialist Program offered by the Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Statistics at the University of Toronto are eligible.  Students in the corresponding departments at the University of Toronto Mississauga and University of Toronto Scarborough campuses are also eligible.

Please note:
Applicants not fitting the criteria above will not be considered.

What are the selection criteria?
Awards will be given on the basis of academic performance during the previous year and on the basis of need.

Who will select the winners?
A committee composed of the Undergraduate Associate Chairs (or their representatives) of the Departments of Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Computer Science.

November 30, 2017




Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto – Open House (November 23, 2017)


This notice was copied from an e-mailed communication.



Thursday, November 23, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m.

Jackman Humanities Building
170 St George Street, room 100A

Light refreshments will be served


Does your research agenda connect the outer edges of otherwise established disciplines? Do questions of citizenship and displacement, of multiculturalism and cultural production, provoke you to think creatively in terms of method and theory?  Amid an ever changing political landscape, where in which questions of race and ethnicity butt up against the decomposition of tired binaries, the MA & PhD Collaborative Programs at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies sets the context for inventive lines of original research. The Collaborative Program is distinctive by being interdisciplinary as well as comparative.  Whilst raising questions about diasporic communities in Canada, this is not the primary focus of the Collaborative Program.  Rather, the Centre takes Toronto as a window onto the world to understand the nature of diaspora and transnationalism elsewhere in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Global South. Come to our Open House and meet our Faculty:

Professor Kevin Lewis O’Neill (Director): Diaspora and Transnationalism; Religion in the Americas; History of Religions; Ethnographic Inquiry.
Professor Anna Shternshis: Yiddish Literature; Soviet and post-Soviet Culture and Literature; popular culture; Diaspora studies.
Professor Kenneth MacDonald: Nature, society and environmental change; Diaspora and Transnationalism.


Registration is required – email to reserve a spot.

Master of Forest Conservation – Information Session on Wednesday, November 15, 2017


This notice was copied from an e-mailed communication.


The Faculty of Forestry will be holding an information session for our Master of Forest Conservation program on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 4:00pm in ES1016B. The program Master of Forestry Conservation – Information Session – Nov 2017 may be of interest to some of your undergraduate students, and we would appreciate it if you could forward the attached information to them.

Goldman Sachs, Information Session – Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Event date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location:   BA 1170
At Goldman Sachs, we build software and leverage applied mathematics to solve a variety of problems across the financial services industry. Cameron Brien and David Ziegler will speak about some of the challenges faced across electronic trading and derivatives automation in the firm’s Equities Division.Cameron is a managing director at Goldman Sachs and leads the Equity Derivatives Engineering team from the Americas. Previously, he focused on Equities Electronic Trading. He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

David holds a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He will speak about how Goldman Sachs is leveraging open-source technologies to create efficient data analytics pipelines.

Target audience: Graduating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math students (Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD level)

Dress code: Business casual

Register at U of T’s CLN

Canadian Mathematical Society Student Committee


This notice was copied from an e-mailed communication.


The Canadian Mathematical Society Student Committee (CMS Studc) invites students (undergraduate and graduate) to present a talk on a topic of their choice on December 8-11 at the Student Research Session during the 2017 CMS Winter Meetingin Waterloo, Ontario.

These presentations should introduce the student’s research to a general mathematical audience. If requested by the presenter, an experienced mentor will be available to provide feedback on the talk.

Any questions about the student sessions should be directed to the student session organizers, Aram Dermenjian and Robert Redelmeier, at

To register for the session, contact the organizers of the session with a draft abstract by November 15. Notice of acceptance will be given shortly thereafter. Abstracts submitted after this deadline will be considered if space remains.

Presenters will also have to register for the meeting, which can be done through this form. Student members of the CMS who are presenting a poster or talk have significantly reduced registration costs ($30 until October 31, $45 thereafter). If you are not currently a member of the CMS, talk to your department chair about the possibility of becoming a university-sponsored student member for a reduced fee.


Canadian Mathematical Society Student Committee (CMS Studc)

Facebook: CMS Studc

Twitter: @studcCMS

Instagram: StudcCMS

Issuu: CMS Studc

COMC volunteer markers!

Calling all COMC volunteer markers!

What is the COMC?

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge is Canada’s premier math contest, run by the Canadian Mathematical Society. The top 50 scorers will be invited to write the Canadian Math Olympiad, which will inform the selection of Canada’s International Math Olympiad Team. 

What is U of T’s role?

The U of T Math Department is the marking centre for the lion’s share of COMC booklets, just under 4000 booklets. We will mark all the English booklets for Ontario and Quebec and all the French booklets from across Canada.

What’s new this year?

This year we will be using Crowdmark to mark the exams. This means less data entry and the flexibility to mark from your preferred location. We’ll still provide some marking parties for those who want a social marking experience or to get started on their marking with people around who can answer questions.

What do volunteers get out of this?

·         Work towards a co-curricular record entry. Volunteer hours spent on COMC marking (including scanning and data entry) can be put towards a co-curricular record entry for “Mathematics Outreach.” This will be appended to your academic transcript. You could do all 10 hours on the COMC, or pick up some hours on the COMC and other hours on other Math Outreach activities.

·         Experience with Crowdmark software, now frequently used to manage tests for large courses.

·         Experience grading math tests.

·         The satisfaction of being a part of a monumental community effort to support younger students in their love of math.

What will volunteers do?

·         Scanning — checking packages from each school, recording information in a tracking spreadsheet, and feeding stacks of documents into a photocopier.

·         Marking — assigning marks to solutions on Crowdmark with the aid of an answer guide.

·         Data Entry — typing out the name, email, and grade level of contestants using a handy piece of software to make the job easier.

What’s the timeframe?

Scanning can start as soon as we have volunteers. All contests must be fully marked and processed by Dec 1.

How do I sign up?

Please fill out the form at the following url to indicate your interest:

We will follow up by email as soon as possible to get you started.


Write to